About Robotics

What is Robotics?

Robotics is a cross-disciplinary field where electrical, mechanical and software concepts are applied to create a moving system, or robot.  To illustrate, in order to design a robot, you need to know how to power it (electrical), physically move it (mechanical) and tell it what to do (software).

Beyond Humanoid Robotics

When we think of robotics, many of us think of movie characters like: C-3PO from Star Wars, and the cute robot from Disney’s WALL-E.  These characters are in fact robots, but they only encompass a subset of robotics, called – humanoid robotics – the discipline of designing robots that move and think like us.

In the broader spectrum, anything that automates a mechanical process can be considered robotics.  They can be found in a vast range of applications in both commercial and consumer industries.  These robots may not look like us, but they help us perform all sorts of tasks!

  • Examples of commercial use: food packaging, electronics manufacturing, 3D printing, camera automation, and theatrical lighting.
  • Examples of consumer use: robotic vacuum cleaners, home security automation, air-borne drones, automated garage doors and robotic toys.

Robotics in Education

Because robotics is a marriage of three major sciences – electrical, mechanical and software engineering – it can be an effective tool for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) educators of all ages.

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